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  CONTRACTING FOR FIRE >> EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
 

Basic Equipment Requirements:

Each piece of equipment has a minimum required equipment inventory that must be on the equipment at the time of hire. Examples include an ax or pulaski, tire chains, 5-person first aid kit, and rollover protection. Refer to the NRCG Incident Business Management Handbook, Chapter 20 for complete details.


Driving Operations:

Vehicles may be hired with or without an operator/driver. Those wishing to contract their vehicle should review the State Commercial Transportation Standards and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations through the Department of Transportation.

Operators must have a valid state driver’s license and current endorsements in their possession and comply with all other current Federal, State and Local driving regulations.

Montana Commercial Driver's License
Idaho Commercial Driver's License

North Dakota Commercial Driver's License


Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training (RT-130) is required for all personnel who are staying in fire camp and/or going to the fireline.  Training Information


Driving Policy:

No driver will drive more than ten hours (behind the wheel) within any duty day. Multiple drivers in a single vehicle may drive up to the duty day limit as long as no one person exceeds the ten hour limitation.

A driver will only drive if he/she had at least eight consecutive hours off duty before beginning a shift. Exceptions apply only to immediate and critical needs for suppression objectives or for firefighter and public safety. Reference Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook (IIBMH) Ch 10 Incident Driving Operations.


New Generation Fire Shelter:

The fire shelter has been required since 1977 and is mandatory personal protective equipment for all Federal wildland firefighters and must be carried on the fireline by everyone on Federal wildland fires. Introduced in 2003, the new generation fire shelter offers improved protection from both radiant and convective heat. More information can be found at: The New Generation Fire Shelter.


Chainsaw Chaps Information:

Saw Chaps must meet USFS Specification 6170-4F or greater, or certified to NFPA 1977. Chainsaw Chaps requirements - Memorandum

Manufactures that meet Forest Service Specifications: National Fire Fighter -or- PGI Inc.


Radio Requirements:

National Interagency Incident Communications Divisions (NIICD) website
List of Fire Approved Radios


Mechanized Equipment for Fire & Fuels Operations Handbook:

Information can be found at: Mechanized Equipment for fire and fuels operations



 
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